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French Toast with Caramelized Bananas
French Toast breakfast casseroles, in the Steam Baking Mode, are delicious, easy to make and best of all it's a great way to discreetly use up berries, apples or bananas. Since the bread has to absorb the liquid before baking you can even make the casserole the day before and just pop in the oven the next morning.
1 - loaf unsliced challah bread or white sandwich loaf
2 - cups whole milk
6 - large eggs
¼ - teaspoon vanilla extract
1 - cup thinly sliced almonds, toasted
2 - large ripe bananas, peeled and cut into ½” thick rounds
2 - tablespoons unsalted butter
2 - tablespoons brown sugar
Preheat the oven Convection + Steam Mode or Combi Mode - 350 degrees.
Lightly grease a large baking dish, that will fit in your steam oven.
Melt the butter and sugar in a medium sized skillet over moderate heat, when the sugar has melted stir in the bananas and cook gently until the bananas have softened slightly.
Shave the crust from the bread without taking too much of the bread away and cut into 1” thick slices. Lay ½ of the bread slices into the baking dish, cutting the slices to fit snuggly.
Spread the cooked bananas over the bread and top with the rest of the bread slices.
Whisk the milk, eggs and vanilla extract in a large measuring jug and pour over the bread pushing the bread down so that it is submerged.
Top with the sliced almonds and let stand for 40 minutes to an hour or overnight before baking.
Bake uncovered for 35 to 40 minutes until the top is lightly browned.
Serves 6 - 8
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BBQ Pulled Turkey
Turkey pieces slowly braised in a homemade BBQ sauce then pulled off the bone and served with cornbread or soft rolls is a delicious easy dish to prepare and a perfect dish for entertaining. This dish can be cooked covered in Convection or uncovered in the Steam oven.
The homemade BBQ sauce is also key to achieving great flavor with this recipe so begin by preparing the BBQ sauce and let it simmer for about 30 minutes. While the sauce is simmering, season the turkey pieces and set them aside to absorb the flavors. Even though the skin is discarded when shredding the turkey, braising the turkey with the skin on does add to the fat content but most importantly it adds great flavor.
For the BBQ sauce
2 tbsp butter + 1tbs oil
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
Combine the following ingredients
3/4 cup of apple cider vinegar
¾ cup ketchup
1 Tbsp tomato paste
2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
2 tbsp dry mustard powder
2 tsp smoked paprika
1 cup water
For the turkey
2 bone-in turkey thighs or a combination of bone-in leg and thigh or leg and breast
1 tsp smoked paprika
2 tsp Kosher salt
1 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp chipotle chili in adobo sauce (optional)
A large oven-safe pan or Dutch oven is ideal for preparing the sauce then you can just put the turkey pieces into the sauce and transfer the pan to the oven. Otherwise, prepare the sauce in an oven safe casserole, and add the turkey pieces.
Saute the onions in the butter and oil over moderate heat until softened. Stir in the garlic and cook gently for a few minutes then add the remaining sauce ingredients that you have combined. Simmer over a gentle heat for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, season the turkey pieces with paprika, salt, and pepper and set aside.
Heat the oven, Convection Bake 325F (163C) or Steam Braising 325F (163C).
Add the turkey pieces to the BBQ sauce and stir in the Chipotle Chili pepper if using. These peppers add a wonderful touch of smokey heat to the sauce. Place the pan in the oven (covered if using Convection) and cook for 1 ½ - 2 hours until the meat is very tender and easily falls off the bone.
In order to “pull” the turkey remove the pieces from the hot sauce and set aside to cool. Remove the skin, discard the bones and shred the meat by hand or with a fork and knife. Return to the pulled turkey to the sauce and reheat if needed before serving.
Serves 4 - 6